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Snow White Indian Hawthorne
Snow White stands out as the most hardy and reliable of all Raphiolepis. More details below!

Snow White Indian Hawthorne

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Snow White Indian Hawthorne
Rhaphiolepis indica  'Snow White'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Indian Hawthorne is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Don't let anyone tell you that there is a better Dwarf Indian Hawthorne on the market. Since the early 1980's we've tried them all and Snow White stands out as the most hardy and reliable of all Raphiolepis. It's a great alternative to azaleas where there's too much sun. The olive green foliage becomes covered in pure white flowers during spring and new growth is an attractive reddish-bronze color. Flowers are followed by attractive black berries enjoyed by birds. We've seen absolutely no problems with leaf spot in the South and humid regions...and we can't say that about any other variety. Even if leaf spot occurs plants usually recover very well in a short period of time. It keeps it's low, dense form with no pruning or shearing and has tolerated temperatures below 5 degrees F in our gardens with no damage at all.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a mound 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet or so wide, Snow White Indian Hawthorne is an ideal selection for use as an accent, in groupings or as a low-maintenance hedge in home foundation plantings and landscape and flowering shrub borders. It also serves well as a colorful mass planting for erosion control on slopes and embankments. Can be grown in containers but likes growing in the ground better. A fine addition to bird gardens and Xeriscpae gardens (low water needs). 

Spacing: 3-4' for solid hedge;  8' or more for space between plants






Cultural Preferences

Snow White Indian Hawthorne is easy to grow in well-drained moist soils of average fertility in full sun to part shade. Morning sun is a must to dry dew from the leaves. As with so many other ornamental shrubs, constantly soggy or wet soils can cause root rot and other harmful plant diseases. When established Indian Hawthorne are exceptionally drought tolerant. That said, during prolonged periods of summer drought established plants will appreciate an occasional deep soaking. Does not require pruning to maintain its naturally dense form.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Indian Hawthorne shrubs.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, .25"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Very low when established.
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Dry to Somewhat Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect, Salt Air



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